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Eat Less! The Upside of Downsizing Portions

Producer:Learning Seed
Date Produced:10/1/2011
  • DVD
  • Middle School (9-12 yrs)
  • High School (13-18 yrs)
  • Young Adults (19-30 yrs)
  • Middle Adults (31-50 yrs)
  • General Consumer
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Professionals
  • General Nutrition
  • Weight Management
  • Physical Activity
  • Meal Planning
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Eating Patterns
  • Portion Sizes
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fats and Oils
  • Carbohydrates
  • Sodium and Potassium
  • Calories
  • Vitamins and Minerals
Description:The portions we consider “normal” have expanded, and so have our waistlines. This program explores the USDA’s recommendation to “eat less” and “avoid oversized portions.” Discover why most people consume far more food and calories than they did in past decades, and how the quality of that food has changed. Learn how to consume fewer, yet more nourishing and satisfying calories. Get tips on downsizing your portions and learn the important role exercise plays in eating less.
Ordering Info:Orders can be placed by phone (800-634-4941), online (www.learningseed.com) or by email (info@LearningSeed.com).
Web Site:www.learningseed.com/p-398-eat-less-the-upside-of-downsizing-portions-br-video.aspx


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

MyPlate information is covered in the middle section of the CD.
B. Scope
Scope of information is a mix of appropriate and less than appropriate concepts.

Section 1 and section 3 are closely related (and in some ways redundant) but the MyPlate section is inserted between these which is a little confusing. The lull in timing between section 1 and section 2 makes the viewer think the presentation is over.
C. Purpose
Purpose stated in title or introduction is vague.

Suggest utilizing a more inclusive title.
D. Organization

The last section on life style changes (for example, physical activity, sleep) seems to deviate from the lesson goals one would expect from the title. They are good messages but seem extraneous to the primary topic. A more comprehensive title followed by a more complete listing of topic goals may enhance the organization. Currently there are three distinct parts with objectives, but the presentation seems fragmented.
E. Accuracy
F. Learner Background
Material assumes that reader has some background information.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met somewhat.
H. Learning Activities, Projects, or Interactive Learning Tools
Not applicable.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. No brand name promotion or obvious sponsor bias.
J. Inclusion of learning objectives, learner activities, instructional aids, lesson plans, evaluation component, identification of required instructional materials, web site with additional materials.
Not applicable.
K. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
L. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources not needed for this material.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Current and complete credits, references, and resources listed.
O. Summary
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

The writen words (especially the white lines) sometimes appear blurred; are too small and difficult to read; compete with the boundaries of the boxes; do not coincide with the verbal. Repeating the same script at the bottom of the screen is distracting.

A. Role Models
Positive role models are provided in text and illustrations. Role models presented as having many roles, traits, and emotions.

Persons in the presentation are demonstrating both positive and negative behaviors.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Material does not include any outright negative stereotypes concerning racial, religious, or ethnic groups.

Presentation includes ethnic diversity
C. Different lifestyles and food patterns
Material emphasizes a variety of values, practices, and/or food patterns representative of different lifestyles, cultures, and socioeconomic levels.

Audiovisual Materials

A. Concept Presentation
Audio and/or visuals are not consistently supportive to presentation of concepts, but do not significantly distract from the presentation of concepts.

Please refer to earlier notations about the script sometimes distracting from the audio and other visual components.
B. Pace
Presentation progresses at a pace that permits comprehension. Pacing of dialogue is appropriate for absorbing concepts presented. Blank time is provided.
C. Auditory Quality
Speaker, voice and music are clear; sound is audible and has good quality.
D. Visual Quality
Visuals are unclear; graphics and titles are difficult to read; color, lighting, and editing are distracting.
E. Continuity
Continuity sufficient to provide some cohesiveness and smooth flow. Visuals somewhat logically sequenced. Auditory portion well matched with visual portion.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
Images are colorful and information is accurate and easy to understand.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Improvement in visibility, size and cohesiveness of written words in the script.
C. General Comments
Could be a useful tool in summarizing lifestyle factors impacting weight status.
D. Overall Summary
Although I would encourage a better organization of the information and improved flow between topics, the content is extremely pertinent to the needs of our American population.

Reviewer Rating
Any opinions expressed about any resource in this web site (either expressly or implied) are solely and completely the responsibility of the reviewer and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Recommended with Reservations